Symptom-free, Buxton ready for instructional league

Symptom-free, Buxton ready for instructional league

MINNEAPOLIS -- Byron Buxton is symptom-free after suffering a concussion on Aug. 13, and is at home resting in Georgia before the fall instructional league begins in Fort Myers, Fla., assistant general manager Rob Antony said on Friday.

Buxton, the No. 1 overall prospect as ranked by MLB.com, sustained the injury in an outfield collision in his first game with Double-A New Britain. He missed the rest of the Minor League season as a result but remains on track to play in the Arizona Fall League in October.

The Twins have yet to submit the official paperwork to reinstate Buxton, but he's cleared every hurdle so far. Buxton will get to test how he's feeling during the instructional league, but the Twins are confident he's moved past the concussion-related symptoms.

Buxton, 20, had an injury-plagued season in the Minors, as he also missed time after spraining his left wrist in Spring Training and re-aggravating it in early May.

Buxton hit .240/.313/.405 with four homers, four doubles, two triples and six stolen bases in 30 games at Class A Advanced Fort Myers before being promoted to Double-A. He went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in his one game with New Britain before the concussion.

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